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« on: May 25, 2009 10:38:56 PM »

I've been trying to figure out how to make these for a long long time.  After many failed attempts, i think I finally got it.  Here are my 4 I made last week. 3 of them didn't turn out but I think they still look neat, so I'll share my pictures.  (They are really hard to photograph since they just get a real bad glare from the flash...so sorry for the bad pictures).

Here's the one that actually turned out right Smiley 




This one I just threw in...it didn't stay together obviously but I think it still looks neat


I put grass in the bottom of this one...just for fun Smiley


For this one, I ran out of dandelion puffs...I picked them all from my yard..haha...so I just put all the leftover seed in the resin.


Here's all 4 together:
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009 11:14:32 PM »

super fresh. Is it hard to do?
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yeah... i should probably get on that...
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009 11:19:00 PM »

I like this so much more than scary bugs encased in resin!  How do you do it so that the dandelion puff doesn't get smashed?
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2009 11:37:08 PM »

I tried this with a regular dandelion and it failed how in the world did you manage to make a puff? your amazing!!! Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009 04:40:03 AM »

Oh wow! I can't believe you captured the whole dandelion! Well done Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2009 06:07:17 AM »

Awesome! How did you get the puff to stay?
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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2009 06:36:46 AM »

This is amazing.  I'm with the others.  How did you get a whole dandelion in the resin without it getting smushed or crumbling?  Great job.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2009 06:38:55 AM »

Neat-o!  Howja do dat?   Crazy cool!  Thanks for sharing! 
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009 07:42:59 AM »

You did well on all of them. I like the rest would like to know how you kept the 'poof'. If that was on my desk, I would just stare at it all day. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2009 07:51:15 AM »

That is beautiful. 

I am impressed at how well you captured the essence of a dandelion. 
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2009 09:01:44 AM »

Oh, wow! I love dandelions and I've always loved these and never been able to figure out how they do it. I'm so impressed that you managed to puzzle it out and keep the puff together. If you wouldn't mind sharing your methods and suggestions for making one I'd be thrilled; I've wanted one of these for years and never been able to afford it.
A friend and I call our little dandelion-loving and dandelion-seeding cabal "the resistance", and every time we see a field of the puffballs or really anything dandelion related, or blow some across my neighbors' yard, we say "Viva la resistance!".  Cheesy Soooo... VIVA LA RESISTANCE!!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2009 06:19:54 AM »

We are all wondering the same thing!

HOW'D she DO that!?!?!

So beautiful! Mesmerizing, totally!
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2009 07:33:03 AM »

Love them!

And like everyone else...how the heck did you do it?
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2009 07:39:13 AM »

The one that worked is beautiful and elegant.  Really makes me want to try and see if I can get an intact dandelion too Cheesy
*checks out back yard* Why is it when i don't want those little puff balls around there are hundreds, but when I want one there are none to be found? 
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2009 08:17:43 AM »

My parents have one of these and I always wondered how it was even possible to capture a dandelion like that!  You did a great job, I like all of them!
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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2009 01:58:11 PM »

In awe just like everyone else. I have always adored dandelions in puff form. I have always wished I could preserve it just like this. Beautifully amazing.
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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2009 08:06:13 AM »

Add me to the list of wonderers. Cheesy

Very neat!
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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2009 03:05:05 PM »

WOW! That is amazing, how in the world did you do it?  You have me staring out into my backyard thinking about putting all of the flowers in my garden in resin.
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« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2009 09:09:55 AM »

Very cool... I can see getting lost in staring down into the many projections of the puff!

Did you perhaps spray the whole head (lightly and repeatedly maybe) with an acrylic spray to make it stiff enough to lower slowly into the resin??


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 Also there will be color changes for some colors, though I hear daisies and clovers (white or green?) are okay at least.  There's been at least one discussion about doing that in one or more of the other threads concerning resins in other boards under the Jewelry & Trinkets category.

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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2009 02:48:21 PM »

Wow this is beautiful!
Sadly, the only thing I can think of when I look at it is the book Cell by Stephen King. That's one of my all time favourite books though, so I guess it's not a bad thing! Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2009 08:27:33 PM »

Did you perhaps spray the whole head (lightly and repeatedly maybe) with an acrylic spray to make it stiff enough to lower slowly into the resin??

That is what I was considering.

I don't have any resin!  Could someone try that for me, please? Cheesy
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Did you perhaps spray the whole head (lightly and repeatedly maybe) with an acrylic spray to make it stiff enough to lower slowly into the resin??

That is what I was considering.

I don't have any resin!  Could someone try that for me, please? Cheesy

I have some resin, but no dandelions!   Cry
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« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2009 04:53:55 PM »

So I was going to try experimenting with this over the weekend, but we had two days of severe thunderstorms and the water has de-fluffed all the dandelions in my garden!  Boo, I finally found an excuse not to pull weeds in my flowerbed, and it gets washed away.  I'll have to wait a few more days I guess.

As an additional note, while looking online for instruction on how to do this I found some interesting pictures of other flowers trapped in what looks to be resin and a website that says you should freeze dry the flowers first.
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2009 12:01:16 PM »

Vaouuuu That is perfekt!!! Shocked Shocked Great job!
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Take a look at this link for how to make a dandelion paperweight
www.dandelionpaperw eights.com/how_to_make_a_dandelion_paperweight/index.htm
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the best springtime paperweight i've seen! I'd love that for my office.
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